Joe Rogan Reacts To Stephen A. Smith Bashing ‘Cowboy’: That’s A Bad Look For Everybody

Stephe A. Smith struck a nerve with the mixed martial arts (MMA) community with his comments about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on the UFC 246 post-fight show last week. Cerrone had just lost to Conor McGregor in 40 seconds of their pay-per-view (PPV) main event. After the fight, Smith expressed how “disgusted” he was with Cerrone’s […]

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Stephe A. Smith struck a nerve with the mixed martial arts (MMA) community with his comments about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on the UFC 246 post-fight show last week.

Cerrone had just lost to Conor McGregor in 40 seconds of their pay-per-view (PPV) main event. After the fight, Smith expressed how “disgusted” he was with Cerrone’s performance, before proceeding to bash the longtime UFC veteran. Alongside him during those comments was longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan mentioned on the broadcast that he disagreed with Smith, but didn’t go into too much detail.

That all changed during a recent episode of Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” alongside Josh Thomson. Rogan suggested that, had he done the broadcast like someone such as Daniel Cormier, it would’ve been better for the sport. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“(Daniel Cormier) and I would’ve had a completely different conversation and it would’ve been better for the sport,” Rogan said. “There’s no positive in downplaying the career of Donald Cerrone and what he can do as a fighter. What that showed to me is how phenomenal Conor performed. That’s what it showed to me.

“If either you or I was talking about cricket, and we were on TV doing commentary on cricket, we would look out of place. It would be (expletive) up and real cricket fans would be upset at us. That’s nothing. You are naked in the most literal sense of the word (in MMA). Physically, you are naked. Emotionally, when fighters lose, it’s (expletive) devastating.

“For Conor to smash ‘Cowboy’ like that in front of his wife, his kid, his grandma and the whole world. You’ve got to have some respect for that man, and this sport demands a different perspective. It’s not the same thing as a ball going into a hoop. It’s not the same thing as crossing a line with a football. It’s different. It’s very intense and very personal, and it’s also very (expletive) dangerous and to play it off like it’s just a game, I don’t agree with it.”

Rogan understands that Smith is a household name in sports broadcasting and why ESPN added him to the program. However, the longtime UFC commentator simply believes his comments are a bad look on the sport.

“That’s a bad look for everybody,” Rogan said. “It’s a bad look for ESPN, it’s a bad look for him, it’s a bad look for the sport. There’s other people that can do this. … We have plenty of people out there who understand the sport. There’s plenty of them. But the thing about him is he’s really popular.

“(He just got a contract extension) because his personality is so fun. He’s a fun guy to watch and people love (expletive)-talking and they love people arguing about (expletive) and one person is better at arguing. Stephen A. Smith is really good at that stuff. But it’s not the place for MMA. It’s just not the place. It’s not the same thing.”

What do you think about Rogan’s comments regarding Smith being on UFC broadcasts?

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Quote: Donald Cerrone Had ‘No Fight IQ’ In Conor McGregor Loss

Mixed martial arts head coach Ray Longo wasn’t sure what to make of Donald Cerrone’s performance against Conor McGregor. Cerrone suffered a 40-second TKO defeat to McGregor at UFC 246 this past weekend in what was an underwhelming all-round performance. McGregor was aggressive right from the get-go with Cerrone being unable to handle him as […]

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Mixed martial arts head coach Ray Longo wasn’t sure what to make of Donald Cerrone’s performance against Conor McGregor.

Cerrone suffered a 40-second TKO defeat to McGregor at UFC 246 this past weekend in what was an underwhelming all-round performance. McGregor was aggressive right from the get-go with Cerrone being unable to handle him as he went on to lose his first fight without throwing a single strike.

And Longo believes “Cowboy” simply froze up during the contest:

“Man I gotta say. I have no idea besides the fact that what I saw is just a guy that looked like he froze up,” Longo said on the Anik and Florian podcast (via MMA News). “I mean he slips the left hand. I would’ve thought just instinctively, that guy ends up on his back. I mean he almost went over him.

“And then he got hit with a couple of shoulder bumps, which is definitely nothing new. Instead of kneeing or elbowing, I don’t know what he did. You’d have to ask him what was going on. It looked like he just froze up to me.”

It certainly was odd to see Cerrone not utilize any strikes when he was clinched up with McGregor. After all, he thrives in those situations with his knees and elbows.

However, Longo believes his fight IQ went out the window.

“Fight IQ, obviously,” he added. “I think, Kenny [Florian], there was no fight IQ. I don’t know what he did.”

Do you agree with Longo’s criticism of Cerrone?

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Ray Longo Says Donald Cerrone Had No Fight IQ Against Conor McGregor

Head coach Ray Longo isn’t sure what Donald Cerrone was doing against Conor McGregor. On Jan. 18, McGregor and Cerrone clashed in the main event of UFC 246. While McGregor was the favorite going in, many considered “Cowboy” to be a li…

Head coach Ray Longo isn’t sure what Donald Cerrone was doing against Conor McGregor. On Jan. 18, McGregor and Cerrone clashed in the main event of UFC 246. While McGregor was the favorite going in, many considered “Cowboy” to be a live underdog. The former UFC “champ-champ” ended up dismantling Cerrone via TKO in 40 […]

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UFC 246 ‘Thrill and the Agony:’ Conor McGregor & Cowboy’s Grandma Embrace

UFC 246 marked the highly-anticipated return of Conor McGregor and he delivered. The event was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night (Jan. 18). Headlining the card was a welterweight clash between McGregor and Don…

UFC 246 marked the highly-anticipated return of Conor McGregor and he delivered. The event was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night (Jan. 18). Headlining the card was a welterweight clash between McGregor and Donald Cerrone. This was McGregor’s first bout since Oct. 2018. The “Notorious” one defeated “Cowboy” […]

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Hear What Conor McGregor Told Donald Cerrone After 40-Second TKO

Conor McGregor made a statement in his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last weekend (Sat. January 18, 2020). McGregor headlined the UFC 246 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout. It only took the Irishman 40 seconds to get the […]

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Conor McGregor made a statement in his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last weekend (Sat. January 18, 2020).

McGregor headlined the UFC 246 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout. It only took the Irishman 40 seconds to get the job done, after spending over a year away from active competition. His last fight was a 2018 submission loss to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In his return Saturday night, McGregor came out hard with a big left hand, which Cerrone ducked under, but ran right into “Notorious’” knee. After a clinch, McGregor nailed Cerrone with several hard shoulder shots, which fractured Cerrone’s nose and orbital bone. Upon separation, McGregor blocked a head-kick from “Cowboy,” before landing a big one of his own which dropped Cerrone.

After some nasty ground-and-pound, the referee waved the action off. It was McGregor’s first victory in combat sports competition since November of 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s 155-pound champion, and the first-ever two-division champ in UFC history. Now, the UFC has released its “UFC 246: The Thrill and the Agony – Sneak Peek” video on its official YouTube channel.

In the video, fans can hear exactly what McGregor said to Cerrone seconds after TKO’ing him. Here’s what the Irishman had to say.

“I love you Donald,” McGregor said. “Those shoulder shots broke it [nose] eh?”

McGregor then had an exchange of words with Cerrone’s grandmother. Here’s what McGregor told “Cowboy’s” grandma.

“I have respect for you. So much respect for you. You raised a hell of a boy. You should be proud I’m serious.”

A nice show of respect from two great fighters. You can check out the full video in the player below.

What do you make of McGregor’s comments to Cerrone after finishing him at UFC 246?

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Hear What Conor McGregor Told Donald Cerrone After 40-Second TKO

Conor McGregor made a statement in his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last weekend (Sat. January 18, 2020). McGregor headlined the UFC 246 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout. It only took the Irishman 40 seconds to get the […]

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Conor McGregor made a statement in his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition last weekend (Sat. January 18, 2020).

McGregor headlined the UFC 246 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout. It only took the Irishman 40 seconds to get the job done, after spending over a year away from active competition. His last fight was a 2018 submission loss to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In his return Saturday night, McGregor came out hard with a big left hand, which Cerrone ducked under, but ran right into “Notorious’” knee. After a clinch, McGregor nailed Cerrone with several hard shoulder shots, which fractured Cerrone’s nose and orbital bone. Upon separation, McGregor blocked a head-kick from “Cowboy,” before landing a big one of his own which dropped Cerrone.

After some nasty ground-and-pound, the referee waved the action off. It was McGregor’s first victory in combat sports competition since November of 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s 155-pound champion, and the first-ever two-division champ in UFC history. Now, the UFC has released its “UFC 246: The Thrill and the Agony – Sneak Peek” video on its official YouTube channel.

In the video, fans can hear exactly what McGregor said to Cerrone seconds after TKO’ing him. Here’s what the Irishman had to say.

“I love you Donald,” McGregor said. “Those shoulder shots broke it [nose] eh?”

McGregor then had an exchange of words with Cerrone’s grandmother. Here’s what McGregor told “Cowboy’s” grandma.

“I have respect for you. So much respect for you. You raised a hell of a boy. You should be proud I’m serious.”

A nice show of respect from two great fighters. You can check out the full video in the player below.

What do you make of McGregor’s comments to Cerrone after finishing him at UFC 246?

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